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3:05 PM ET, September 14, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama raises $66 million in August  —  Sen. Barack Obama raised $66 million in the month of August, making it his best month ever and the best in American political history, an aide said Sunday morning.  —  Obama is releasing that number after suggestions that his fundraising was failing to meet expectations.
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Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Obama, McCain are dead even in state  —  With 51 days before Election Day, Barack Obama and John McCain are tied with 45 percent support, raising the stakes in the campaign.  —  Minnesota has become a battleground in a presidential campaign that has dramatically tightened nationwide.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Raised a Record $66 Million in August
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Raised $66 Million in August
Discussion: The Raw Story
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Out-Takes: Behind The Atlantic's McCain Cover  —  “Some of my artwork has been pretty anti-Bush, so maybe it was somewhat irresponsible for them [The Atlantic] to hire me.”  - Jill Greenberg  —  The Atlantic Monthly's current cover by Beverly Hills photographer Jill Greenberg looks like this:
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
MAC HATER HAS A LOUSY ‘IMAGE’
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Lib Photographer Admits Making McCain Look Sinister for Mag Cover
Discussion: PDNPulse and Wake up America
John Griffin / Political Punch:
Why Doesn't McCain Use a Computer?  —  Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. introduced a new TV ad his week that paints Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as out of touch for being, when it comes to technology, shall we say a touch “old-school.”  —  “1982, John McCain goes to Washington,” the narrator says.
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Obama ad takes heat for McCain cyber shot  —  Insensitivity to war injuries cited  —  WASHINGTON - Democrat Barack Obama's campaign came under fire from conservative bloggers yesterday for a new political ad criticizing his 72-year-old opponent, John McCain, for not using computers.
Discussion: Exurban League and Commentary
Matt / Think Progress:
Rove: 'You can't trust the fact-check organizations.'  —  This week, non-partisan fact-checking organizations like PolitiFact and FactCheck.org  —  have called Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) out for lies in his attack ads against Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).  But on Fox News Sunday today …
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
‘Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!  —  I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning.  Hooo.  It was an experience.  About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena'ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood  —  WASILLA, Alaska — On Sept. 24, 2001, Mayor Sarah Palin and the City Council held their first meeting after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  The council condemned the attacks and approved a $5,000 gift to a disaster relief fund.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Conflict Over Spying Led White House to Brink  —  This is the first of two stories adapted from “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” to be published Tuesday by Penguin Press.  Original source notes are denoted in [brackets] throughout.  —  A burst of ferocity stunned the room into silence.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Making America Stupid  —  Imagine for a minute that attending the Republican convention in St. Paul, sitting in a skybox overlooking the convention floor, were observers from Russia, Iran and Venezuela.  And imagine for a minute what these observers would have been doing when Rudy Giuliani led …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Don Surber
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Offshore Drilling Is Coming to a Vote  —  Congressional Democrats, balancing political reality against a policy they have long opposed, are on the cusp of approving legislation that would open the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to oil drilling as close as 50 miles offshore.
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Live From New York, It's Sarah (Tiny Fey) Palin!  —  ABC News' David Wright and Alyssa Litoff Report: As comedienne Tina Fey debuted her impression of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, the governor and her staff were watching from 30,000 feet.  —  Palin was on board …
New York Times:
Lehman's Fate Is in Doubt as Barclays Pulls Out of Talks  —  Unable to find a savior, the troubled investment bank Lehman Brothers appeared headed toward bankruptcy on Sunday, in what would be one of the biggest failures in Wall Street history.  —  The fate of Lehman hung in the balance …
Discussion: The Swamp and the talking dog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Where is the debate over the Bush Doctrine?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Before it became clear that Sarah Palin had never heard of it, nobody — including the presidential candidates themselves — ever had difficulty answering questions about what they believed about the Bush Doctrine …
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Cliff May / The Corner:
The Bush Doctrine and the Palin Performance
 
 
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Joan Lowy / Associated Press:
Forum sells ‘Obama Waffles’ with racial stereotype
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
PALIN'S ‘BRIDGE TO NOWHERE’ LINE RETURNS
Editor and Publisher:
Newspapers Deliver Millions of ‘Terror’ DVDs to Subscribers — In ‘Swing States’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:
To McCain, the truth is expendable
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Obama opens double-digit lead
William Yardley / New York Times:
Active Role for Palin's Husband in Alaska Government
Discussion: TIME.com
Mona Charen / The Corner:
For C-SPAN viewers  —  I appeared on Washington Journal …
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bering Straight Talk
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Media Matters for America:
Over five-day period, Fox News provided far more campaign stump …
Discussion: News Hounds and Eschaton
Ben Adler / The Politico:
Ohio secretary of state prevents vote caging
Discussion: TheZoo
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
States Restore Voting Rights for Ex-Convicts
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Palin's ‘Nowhere Project’ still using federal funds
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Larisa Alexandrovna / At-Largely:
White Power: The Republican Base
Cass Sunstein / Boston Globe:
The fate of Roe v. Wade and choice
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket  —  WITH all due deference to lipstick …
Washington Post:
Group With Swift Boat Alumni Readies Ads Attacking Obama